Sunday, November 28, 2010
Two years ago our sweet Madeleine Grace joined our family the day before Thanksgiving. The moment she was born our eyes met and our souls spoke to each other. When Noelle saw her, it was a blissful reunion. She knew exactly who she was and was so happy to have her back.
Madeleine has brought love and happiness beyond measure to her family. And maybe a moment or two of exasperation. ;)
Here's some things going on in Madeleine's world:
- Talking and talking and talking. Although, a translated is usually required.
- Loves to eat. And I mean EAT. She goes at each meal as if it's her last.
- I know no other child who is such a dog lover. One is in our future. Yikes.
- Loves to call people. She has a short very list: Auntie, Grandma and recently added: Auntie M. Once in a while Daddy.
- She is a skypeing fool.
- Madeleine is a favorite in nursery at church. I am told it's because she's the only one who does not cry for Mommy & Daddy. Atta girl!
- As with most siblings they have a love/hate relationship. I wish it were heavier on the love side of things.
- Madeleine has no idea she is a baby. For real. She points to children older than her and says, "Oh! A baby!" She thinks there is nothing off limits to her. As in finding a stool climbing on the counter and waving large knives around.
- Mess Maker should be her nickname. Blueberries, make-up, sprinkles, milk, lotion, cheese, clothes, toothpaste, shampoo, you name it...she's messed it.
- Loves the potty. YEA!
- Great napper, if it were not for her 2-3 hour naps, I fear I would not survive.
- Our little snuggle bug, kissy girl, high fiver, and hugger.
- Loves naming body parts, her own and others. Fingers, toes, teeth, eyes, oh my!
I love you so much Madeleine.
Thank you for choosing me to be your Mommy. Watching you learn and grow each day is my greatest joy. I am so excited to see what the future brings us.
Her birthday was a fun day spent at home recovering from Thanksgiving. We had yummy german pancakes in the morning, played during the day, and after nap time lots of friends came over for cupcakes. She loved every minute of it. Even the cake wreck Mommy made. It tasted way better than it looked.
Our little family is blessed beyond measure.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I love watching their minds work.
And their natural abilities/instincts develop.
I love watching them concentrate, learn and be creative.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
I thought I was sort of excited to have a real 'winter.'
But...maybe it's not as great as I thought.
When I get Noelle from the Bus or run to the store, I often just throw on a pair of flip flops and don't think about a coat.
But then....dang! It's c-c-c-cold!
This afternoon we warmed up after school by making ginger snaps and warm cider.
What could be better?
Thursday, November 11, 2010
After Ballet on Wednesday we hit the road and headed HOME.
Lucky for us California was in the middle of a heat wave and that meant: fan-tas-tic weather!
After check in, we worked super fast, got camp set up and headed for the water.
Noelle was in Heaven.
It did great things for my soul to watch her.
The next morning was gorgeous again and we headed back to the beach.
Madeleine is not the beach bum her sister is...she's more about the food.
Just as we got back from Dinner Auntie & Unc were there.
Everyone loved having them.
We had all kinds of visitors...
Noelle was so excited to see her cousin, Marissa.
Auntie M and the girls had a blast...there was a lot of tickling!
Noelle loved sneaking up and chasing these little stinkers.
On one of our morning beach walks this toy washed up on the beach and from that time on Noelle and Buzz were best buds.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Last night we went down to the Bosque with the Bredhauers.
The fall colors were just so beautiful!
Brittan and Noelle had the best time running, running, and running.
Oh, and picking leaves.
And some more running.
The babies were mostly happy to be snuggled in their strollers eating candy corn.
Everyone slept great last night! ;)
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
We've been enjoying family nights at our favorite park before it starts getting dark early. These girls are so much dang fun.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I got out of the house and to the sidewalk, looked to the left, and I saw them on the corner. Noelle was prompted before I was. She started yelling, "Mommy! She was in the middle of the street!" My heart stopped beating.
We ALWAYS have the front door locked, for this very reason. I have no idea what happened. All I have done all morning is thank my Heavenly Father for keeping her safe and for sending her sister out to get her. People drive too fast down that street. I refuse to think about what could have happened.
Madeleine Grace, I love you.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
We had a few families from our ward over for dinner.
We moved the coffee table into the hallway for the kids.
Noelle and Daddy set the table, she was pleased as punch with herself.
It was a serious Mexican food fiesta!
There were 8 adults and 11 kids.
It was like a circus and a zoo rolled into one.
If Madeleine was not right by me it's because she was eating.
Big surprise? Um, no.
Little Brittan sure enjoyed himself, too.
Homemade ice cream!
Saturday Daddy had a big surprise in store for me.
He'd gotten a refund from an overpaid bill and then
he added a little more and we went SHOPPING!
I have been beyond desperate for clothes.
I dread getting ready in the morning.
Old Navy and the Gap had some great sales,
I got a lot of stuff and feel so much better.
Of course, we had to ride the carousel.
Sunday evening the girls were going crazy and so was I.
I knew we needed some action and fast!
Funny how getting in our jammies and
getting out the popcorn maker out changes everything.
Popcorn! Butter! Parmesan Cheese!
Everyone was immediately happy.
And of course there Madeleine's total obsession with
wearing every one's clothes and shoes.
All day long I get her dressed again and pick up
dirty clothes. *sigh*